Reviewed by David Savage
I was recently asked to review Movie Edit Pro 2015 from MAGIX and was very excited to try it.
Movie Edit Pro is very powerful video editing software that allows you to add effects such as time lapse, slow motion, distortion, transitions, picture in picture, sound effects, fading and lots more.
Installing the software took quite a long while at around 40 minutes (on an Windows 8.1 Pro laptop with an i5 2.50Ghz processor and 4GB RAM) but very little user interaction is required so very straightforward. Once the installation had completed I was ready to start playing.
The box states the software is for beginners as well as advanced users. I would have to say yes beginners can use it easily enough but only after reading the manual and the online tutorial videos that can be access via the help menu. The tutorial videos will get you used to the basic functions and tools so be prepared to spend a little bit of time watching these before beginning to create your own video.
For test purposes I tried using the software using the demo video before reading the manual or looking at the videos, it did not go too well. I did manage to add a 3D scrolling effect to the start of the video after a bit of playing around.
I then watched the tutorial videos and they make everything so much clearer as there is so much control over what you can do in just a couple of mouse clicks which is not obvious just looking at the timeline of the video.
Overall, while it does take a bit of time to learn how to use the software it is definitely worth putting in the time to watch the tutorials and read the manual to get the most out your creation. I am still playing around with videos and pictures and there is still so much more to learn. You can stitch different video clips together seamlessly, add audio, pictures, pan the pictures, add your own subtitles and so much more. You can take a dull home video clip and turn it into a fun masterpiece.
There are over 1000 templates to use to create professional looking videos with precise editing, You can view your efforts in the preview window as you are going along and once you are happy with your creation you can burn to DVD or Blu-ray and add a start menu for playback in your DVD/Blu-ray player or if you prefer you can save it online to Facebook or YouTube or optimize it for mobile devices such as tablets, notebooks and smart phones.
As well as editing digital files on your computer you can also plug in a recording device such as video cameras, still cameras, cassettes, memory cards, USB sticks and make your videos and slideshows direct from the device.
I am very impressed with the MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2015 software. It is extremely powerful for beginners and advanced users. While it does take a bit of time to learn and lots of attempts to create a video to be proud of, it is an excellent piece of software to edit your home movies or create fun video clips to share on your social media channels.
An excellent piece of software to create movie makers out of beginners. And at £59.99 for the standard version, £79.99 for the plus version and £99.99 for the premium version I think it is definitely value for money.
For Microsoft Windows 7 | 8 | 8.1 64-bit systems
Includes a 32-bit version for XP | Vista | 7 | 8 |8.1
Note: A 64-bit system is required to use the new features and interface in Movie Edit Pro 2015.
For older systems, a 32-bit version based on MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2014 is included.
Minimum System Requirements:
Processor: 2 GHz
RAM: 2 GB
Graphics card: Onboard, minimum resolution 1024×768
Hard drive space: 2 GB for program installation
Optical drive: DVD drive (only for installation of the box version)
Internet connection: Required for activating and validating the program, as well as for some program functions. Software can also be used offline. However, please note that the program requires an Internet connection at least once a month to validate the license.
RRP: £59.99 to £99.99
Available to buy from MAGIX here.